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What Is Worcestershire Sauce?

Know Your Ingredients: Worcestershire Sauce

From crab cakes to Caesar salad to Bloody Marys, many of Summer's staples share one ingredient in common: Worcestershire sauce. But what exactly is it?

Originally bottled in Worcester, England, Worcestershire sauce — commonly referred to as "Worcester sauce" — is a fermented flavoring that contains many ingredients. Lea & Perrins, the original purveyor, keeps its recipe a well-kept secret, but it contains a plethora of items that are left to mature in oak barrels for several months, including malt vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, anchovies, onions, salt, garlic, tamarind, cloves, and chili pepper extract. Worcestershire sauce is frequently added to cocktails, salad dressings, and gravies.

It is used around the globe in dishes ranging from Cantonese dim sum to Welsh rarebit. For those of you who are well-versed in cooking with Worcestershire sauce, what do you use it for? Are you surprised to learn of its manifold ingredients?

Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I also wonder if it is Gluten Free.
telane telane 8 years
I think I would eat it on just about anything!
Pampire Pampire 8 years
I love it on steaks or marinade them in it. Very good on shishkabobs too with chicken, steak and veggies. I love it better than A-1
marisaoswald marisaoswald 8 years
on over easy eggs! yum!!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I put it on / in everything. Red sauce, meatloaf, on burgers (but never in the patty), stir-fry, cheese toasties, cheese soup, salad dressing, potato salad, egg salad, deviled eggs. I have, in fact, eaten it straight. By far the best article on the history, significance, and legacy of Worcester Sauce can be found here: It's a paean to the British Empire, the resilience of tradition, and the delicious way that global trade can affect us all, if we let it.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
Mmm, I could eat tons of mushrooms in Worcestershire sauce! I love it on/in lots of other things too!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
Oh one of my favs. Isn't it amazing how many things have anchovies sneaked in it?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I knew it had a lot of things in it, but some of them surprised me. I love the stuff and I use it on everything!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Love Worcestershire sauce!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
...and beer-cheese soup! :drool:
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Meatloaf, burgers, caramelized onion dip, French onion soup, deviled eggs, and of course, crab cakes and Bloody Marys.
ellieb ellieb 8 years
Oh! My favorite! Love it on everything!
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